With environmental concerns and fuel costs mounting, many Americans are looking for ways to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources. In Pennsylvania, renewable energy sources include wood, wood residue and dedicated agricultural energy crops, also known as biomass. Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools & Communities is helping schools, communities and businesses understand the economic, operational, and environmental benefits of biomass energy systems.

Membership is open to all who are interested in helping to promote the sustainable use of biomass fuels in Pennsylvania - we are a collaborative effort of public officials, businesses, and private citizens committed to providing non-commercial assistance to communities and groups that are interested in biomass fuels for energy.

Fuels Standard Approved for Release

Jan 2015: PA Fuels for schools has finalized and approved its wood fuels recommended specifications. Please utilize and distribute as appropriate.

PA Wood Energy Team Project Funded

April 2015: The USDA Wood Innovations Grant Program has announced that a wood energy team will be funded for Pennsylvania. This grant will be led by Penn State Extension, in partnership with the PA Biomass Energy Association, PA Fuels for Schools, and several other organizations throughout the state. This exciting development will allow for strong efforts over the next three years, helping companies and organizations to select and use sustainable and renewable wood resources as an energy source in the Keystone State. For more details, visit http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdamediafb?contentid=2015/04/0091.xml&printable=true&contentidonly=true


Here's a list of Fuels for Schools meetings and related bioenergy events in the state:

  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting:: 10 Jun, 2015, 10:00 am
  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting: 19 Aug, 2015, 10:00 am (meet at Ag Progress Days, Rock Springs PA) - this is an informal "all day" meeting. Stop by at the Penn State Extension energy exhibit in the Harrington Crops Building to have a cup of coffee and chat. Hope to see you there!
  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting: 14 Oct, 2015, 10:00 am
  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting:: 09 Dec 2015, 10:00 am


Dillon Floral Corporation

Featured Case Study: Dillon Floral Corporation
In its first full winter, Dillon Floral burned 2,347 tons of wood chips, at an average delivered cost of $25/ton, equating to $58,670. By making the conversion from #6 heating oil to a biomass heating system, Dillon Floral saved approximately $191,330 in heating costs.